ALAMEDA – The Raiders injury report features four offensive linemen. None of them are probable for Sunday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
Not good. There are only 10 on the 53-man roste, meaning 40 percent are slowed in some way.
“We’re pretty thin,” Allen said. “But we’ll see how these guys do. We have a little bit more time. A lot of these guys will be game-time decisions.”
Some linemen may be able to play with minor ailments.
Center Stefen Wisniewski may not be able to, which is a major concern. A knee sprain suffered against Washington kept him out a week’s practice and has him listed as doubtful on Friday’s official injury report.
“He’s not where we need him to be as of today,” Allen said.
The pessimistic designation comes a few days after Allen expressed optimism the line’s leader would be able to play. Wisniewski has been a stabilizing force on a line in near-constant flux, and has helped reserves fill in and succeed around him.
Veteran backup Andre Gurode would play center for Wisniewski, but that’s not the only trouble spot. Gurode started two games for Lucas Nix (ankle), who is questionable although he’s expected play. Tony Pashos (groin) and Menelik Watson (knee) are questionable, leaving just two healthy tackles.
The Raiders can’t afford an injury setback or to have another linemen fall. The healthy linemen save left tackle Khalif Barnes are light on experience, further hindering a position group that’s been plagued by injury since training camp.
“I don’t know if we’ve gone a full week where we haven’t switched somebody up front and had the same five guys playing together,” Olson said. “I was telling (offensive line coach Tony Sparano Wednesday) night, ‘I don’t know if I’ve ever been in a situation where I’ve seen so much change over week to week.’”
Raiders Status Report
SS Tyvon Branch (ankle)
RB Darren McFadden (hamstring), C Stefen Wisniewski (knee)
LG Lucas Nix (ankle), DE Jason Hunter (quadriceps), OL Menelik Watson (knee), DT Stacy McGee (shoulder), RT Tony Pashos (groin), FB Marcel Reece (knee)
QB Terrelle Pryor (concussion), CB Tracy Porter (ribs), FS Charles Woodson (not injury related)
Chargers Status Report
LT King Dunlap (concussion)
G Chad Rinehart (toe)
RT Jeromey Clary (clavicle), G Rich Ohrnberger (groin), CB Johnny Patrick (chest), CB Shareece Wright (hamstring)
RB Ryan Mathews (hamstring), ILB Manti Te'o (foot), CB Derek Cox (knee), C Nick Hardwick (not injury related)